1973 - 2001

Andrey on top of Denali

Our dear friend, Andrey Barbashinov, from Almaty, Kazakhstan, the first person to climb Denali (Mt. McKinley) this year (and millennium!) was killed just before 5 a.m. on Tuesday, June 26, when the motorcycle he was driving back from Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks was hit by a truck. He would have celebrated his 28th birthday on July 13.

Andrey was the Deputy Director of the Women and Children's Protection Against Violence Crisis Center, and Deputy Commander of the Mountain Rescue Squad in his country. He received degrees in International Law from Moscow State University, International Tourism from the Kazakh State Academy, and Cinema-Video Engineering from the Central Asian Institute of Cinema and Television. He was President of the Kazakh Climbers' Sport Club, and had been a guide at the International Festival on the 7,010 meter (23,000 foot) peak Khan Tengri in the Tien Shan Mountains.

Andrey had been traveling around the western U.S. with old and new friends after being unanimously selected as an exchange participant for the Anatoli Boukreev Memorial Fund. Pictures from Andrey's trip are included below.

A fund is being arranged for Andrey's family, and to return Andrey and his belongings to his home. Contributions may be made to the Anatoli Boukreev Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 737, Boulder, CO 80306 a 501(c)(3) organization, to be applied to the Andrey Barbashinov Memorial.

After returning from Denali, Andrey had participated in a U.S. climbing guides course in Durango, taken a 10 day raft trip on the San Juan River, visited the Marin Headlands and Mt. Diabolo with friends in the Bay Area, climbed the West Face of Mt. Olympus in 3 hours (roundtrip), visited Timpanogos Cave, Dinosaur National Monument, Flaming Gorge, Hill Air Museum, Yellowstone and the Tetons, and was greatly looking forward to climbing El Capitan in Yosemite. He had recently helped a friend unveil the "Snow Spirit" sculpture at the opening of the National Ability Center in Park City, and a plaque in his memory will be placed by the marble snow angel.

Andrey seemed to take in as much as ten others in every day of his life, and give back that much more. His openness and appreciation for his friends was always apparent in his attention to sharing his past experiences with new friends, and interest in communicating his latest adventures and the friendships he made with all those he had met here, and with the many who loved him and awaited his return in Kazakhstan.

On Denali

 Advanced Base Camp Warehouse

 Camp1 on Denali

 Looking at climbers approaching Denali Pass, on his descent from the summit

 Denali, with a picture of a friend from home he is thinking of

 Mt. Hunter in the background

 Mike on Denali

Denali with Ice Axe

 University flag on Denali

Traveling in the lower states

 At the unveiling of the Snow Spirit sculpture at the National Ability Center

 In the Bay Area with Ashley Robinson

 With Elliott Robinson in the Bay Area

 With Jay (Evgeny) and family at their home in Denver

 With friends in Aspen

 Visiting the Timpanogos Cave

 Dinosaur National Monument

 Dinosaur Skeleton

 Climbing during the guide's course in Durango

 On the summit of a training run traversing Grandeur Peak near Salt Lake

 Hill AFB Air Museum

 Andrey's journal  from 6/16-18 Journal 6/19-21 Journal 6/22-23 Journal 6/24

 Mt. Olympus sunset after 3 hour car to car ascent of the West Face

 Queen Mary

 San Juan River raft trip

 The Salt Lake by Saltair

 Salt Lake City, visiting the Mormon Temple

 Alpine Slide in Park City

"Snow Spirit" sculpture at the National Ability Center

Snow Spirit

 Andrey climbing in Little Cottonwood Canyon with Jimmie and Helen

 Little Cottonwood Canyon climbing

Grand Tetons &Yellowstone N.P.

  Yellowstone National Park

 Yellowstone Lake

 A Bison in Yellowstone from the camera Andrey was carrying

Yellowstone Falls

 Old Faithful geyser erupting in Yellowstone, June 24, 2001

 Tetons view

 Teton Bouldering, June 25, 2001

 Teton Climber's Ranch, morning, June 25, 2001

The Russian climbing magazine RISK offered a tribute to Andrey.

Canadian climber Rick Hudson spent two weeks with Andrey in the Tien Shan Mountians in August 2000. Here, he offers some thoughts in Andrey Barbashinov remembered.

Memorial in Little Cottonwood Canyon, June 28, 2001


Hellen and Xenia with bouquets

Memorial group

The Russians Are Coming in the Mountains

Andrej, Elena, and Xenia

First ascent of Andrey's Tower, July 1, 2001

"The Russian's Are Coming, 5.10+"

Jimmie leading      Looking up

Jimmie wearing his The Russian's Are Coming shirt

Helen climbing       Billy at the belay

On top of Andrey's Tower    Another view

Near the tower, a raven visited us

Though no storm clouds were visible, tears of rain fell from the sky as we finished the climb.